Monday, July 30, 2012
Jesse Boykins III & producer / emcee Melo X. So the news that the two have joined forces is serious. Their collaboration project, Zulu Guru, is scheduled to release October 15th on the mighty Ninja Tune label. Inspired by the "spirited tribal warrior", Zulu Guru hopes to push the boundaries of electronic soul music further by infusing elements of afro, tribal & world rhythms. The first single "Black Orpheus" sets the pace. Check it out below & get the free download here.
Saturday, July 28, 2012
Producer Full Crate get in the groove with this new track mixed with a little bounce, headnod & shoulder lean. "Dancing In The Douche" appears on "22 Beats", a compilation series presented by 22tracks.com featuring 22 dope producers on the Dutch scene that were featured on their playlist in the past. Check out Full Crate's track below & for more info on the compilation, visit http://22tracks.com/#ams/22beats.
Beat conductor BusCrates unleashes more heat. This time featuring his Pittsburgh homegirl Kiara Ravae creating a solid shoulder moving, finger snapping banger. Check it out!
The Ecklectic". Continuing in her stride, "Electric Yellow" boast a soulful side of electropop that's even edgier than her debut finding the singer, producer stepping daringly into realms that at times border on club trap music lol. No kidding. Of course, no Teresa Jenee release is complete without a few piano driven beautiful ballads where her voice & lyricism take center stage. Abnormal, Black Spade, Blake Symphony & Aaron Hardin appear as producers on a few tunes. Even better, this album is available as a free download. Grab it now!
Manuals" Wallace, drummer for The Gorillaz, Hypnotic Brass Ensemble & De La Soul, released his debut album this week. Mostly recorded in NY with members of Soul Cycle, "Mid One" take the listener on a drummer's journey with its blend of hip hop, funk, pop, afrobeat & jazz fusion. Looking for the perfect, you've found it! Cop it below
Tuesday, July 24, 2012
At last, New Zealand based duo Funkommunity come with their anticipated debut album "Chequered Thoughts". Comprised of producer, musician Isaac Aesili and singer Rachel Fraser, the duo craft an album that's sure to be on my Best of 2012 list, with it's perfect blend of analog & digital influenced soul. They released the 80's boogie tinged single "The Light" as a free download. Get it below & get the full album here.
Italian singer Luca Dimoon is back with another cosmic & jazzy taste of soul from his upcoming album "Telescope". The self produced "Lady Utopia" gets funky with swirling synths & headbanging drums with horn stab driving it along. Based on this & the last two leaks, I'M READY FOR THE ALBUM! Coming soon is still the promise lol.
After their highly acclaimed debut ep, Columbia Nights is back with another slice of heaven in their cover series. This time the duo take on Sade's "Make Some Room". The original was the b side to the hit single "Nothing Can Come Between Us". Mostly instrumental like the original, the duo added a touch more ambience to make it even dreamier than the original with a little light vocals stabs of Vaughan Octavia ended it. Very true to the original & definitely worth the download.
Alex Isley, daughter of Ernie from the legendary Isley Brothers, is on the scene carving her own lane into the music world with the beautiful "Love/Art Memoirs" EP. This self written, produced & performed showcases her ability to craft her own brand of r&b; eclectic yet simple, smooth but textured, sparse but lush cosmicly coupled with her lightly poetic phrasing & soulful lyrics. The Isley legacy lives on. Get the free download here.
Replife release the ep for their Alexis Davis project. Drawing on their own unique inspirations from the hip hop & musical diaspora including "hey day" boombap & the jazz fusion soaked, the quartet come for your head with this six track banger. Neck braced required!
Nice work from this nine man collective of rappers, musicians, singers, producers and DJs. Phony PPL hail from the BK, the crew has been quietly making a name for themselves with their blend of hiphop, jazz & 70s inspired funky soul. The crew released the first single from their upcoming ep "Nothing Special" as a free download via Okayplayer. Get it below & for their previous releases, check out their website.
Singer, musician Ab, most known for his work with Black Milk & Nat Turner and Slum Village, come correct with the first volume in his "Prologue" series. On the first, he take the classics of Total, Shuggie Otis, Lauryn Hill, Rufus & Chaka and inject them with his unique blend of 21st century funk, jazz, doo-wop, hiphop & grit. Black Milk is on mixing & engineering duties as well as drums. HEATER! Get the free download.
Tuesday, July 10, 2012
No Substitution" also produced by Hannibal, on the Quieres Chicle label.